In the mid-1970s, through the efforts of the Diocese of Southwest Florida and Trinity-by-the-Cove and other local churches, St. Mary’s Church began its new life as an organized mission church. With only 34 parishioners holding services in temporary space at the First United Methodist Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church established its foundation as a caring, supportive Christian community.
Throughout its forty-plus year history, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has continued this tradition, attracting full-time parishioners, seasonal congregants and vacationing Episcopalians who increasingly return to the beauty of southwest Florida and this place of traditional worship. Within this growing faith community, seniors and young families are all welcome to join a vibrant church family which has grown now to more than 400 members, where…Word and Sacrament come together in celebration and service.
The talents of this diverse and supportive group of parishioners are generously spread over the fabric of parish life. The ministries and activities of our parish cover the whole spectrum from involvement in liturgy, Christian formation through care for others, inter-faith community projects and international outreach support and the upkeep of church property and buildings and ongoing financial stewardship.
As part of its response to the changing needs of the community, St. Mary’s offers regularly scheduled services and communion at Bentley Village in Naples and The Terraces in Bonita Springs.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church continues its steadfast resolve to offer opportunities for learning and individual spiritual growth. With three weekend services and daily services during the week, a developing music program to enhance the worship experience, a responsive group of priests and associate priests supported by a pastoral care team, St. Mary’s Church invites you to join the congregation for worship or to make a quiet visit to its modern, light-filled church.